I hope you’re having the best holiday ever. Me and my family have had the coziest and laziest days just listening to music, playing board games (ok, some iPad too…), sniffing hyacinths, playing with new toys (very much enjoying Wii Just Dance 2014) and taking long walks in the rain. We’ve had nothing but rain for the last three weeks or so, hence the christmas feeling is mostly inside. And we’re trying hard to give the rabbits a bit of christmas feeling too (they live outside) – making sure they have dry hay and a piece of apple or carrot every day. We even made a little wreath for them.
I wasn’t planning on blogging anything this christmas. But these little energy balls filled with goodness and nutrition turned out so good. I simply had to share them with you. And if you’re tired at all of traditional christmas sweets, these could be the thing for you.
I know you read gingerbread in the title but don’t let that put you off. I promise, these are worth considering making. And they are really versatile too, as you can easily swap the gingerbread spices for cocoa powder and make these, should you be tired of traditional christmas flavors…
Most recipes with dried fruit call for dates, but I like apricots better. They aren’t as sweet as dates and they have one of the lowest glycemic index of all dried fruit – only 31 in fact. Just make sure you go for sulfite free apricots (they are dark brown in color) and preferably organic.
Wishing you a wonderful new year and thank you for your support this year. See you in 2014!
Gingerbread spiced almond & apricot energy balls
makes about 20
1 cup (200 g) dried apricots
1 1/2 cup (200 g) almond flour
50 g raw cocoa nibs (can be omitted but they do add a nice crunch)
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cardamom
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out
0,5 tsp sea salt
juice from 2 small clementines (or 1 orange)
finely chopped almonds, cinnamon, chia seeds etc. to roll in
1) Place all ingredients in a high speed blender or in a food processor. Pulse until mixed well. You might need to stop and scrape the mix down the sides a few times during the process if your blender isn’t powerful enough. I have a Kitchen aid blender and the only thing I find a little problematic is to mix sticky stuff. But it does the work fine with a little help.
2) When all ingredients are well mixed and puréed use your hands to form 20 round balls. Roll them in chopped almonds, cinnamon or chia seeds and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving.